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Harvard Book Store

1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-3820
+1 617-661-1515
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Still a fun place for nerds

Visited years ago. This is still a paradise for nerds of all types. The upstairs is all new books... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anders B
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Aspen, Colorado
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Best Bookstore in Harvard Square

If you are visiting Harvard Square, and want to see a real local bookstore, forget the coop, which... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
CHMassachusetts
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited years ago. This is still a paradise for nerds of all types. The upstairs is all new books and the dungeon below, a treasure trove of used books of all kinds. So fun to see it again and spend an hour browsing among the...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

If you are visiting Harvard Square, and want to see a real local bookstore, forget the coop, which is a re-branded Barnes and Noble. The Harard Bookstore is the real deal. A classic independent bookstore with a good pulse on the local community -- namely,...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

I order all my books through Harvard Book Store now just to support them. Their speaker series is incredible, their selection is excellent, their staff is genuinely enthusiastic, and they really work to foster a sense of community. Just a perfect all-around book store.

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

As we planned this trip to Cambridge from Ohio, we checked on the events happening at Harvard Book Store and we were happy to note that we would be able to attend an author lecture. We love to come to this bookstore - not only...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2017

The Harvard Book Store offers a wide selection of new and used books. Interesting, high-quality hardcover and paperback books. Used books on the lower level. Plenty of helpful staff.

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Not many independent bookstores like this one anymore; feels almost like an anachronism. If you are in the area, stop by and see stacks of books!

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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

I pop over here because I wanted to buy a recent published autobiography book which I can get it on time through Amazon. The building exterior is quite English looking. The selection of book is limited. I found it difficult to look for the book...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Spent many hours at the bookstore during my graduate school days. I try to visit on every trip to the area. The bookstore is a local institution that has survived while many others have perished under the pressure generated by chains and internet behemoths. Beyond...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Very impressive bookstore. Just across the street from Harvard 's gate to the university. I went in to ask about a specific book and unfortunately they were out of stock but promised to get it in two days. Knowledgable about other books. A good atmosphere...More

Thank DANIELLA107
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

Choose between the first floor with full sections of hardbound and paperback recent sellers with good discounts and in-store reviews, OR-- go downstairs for remaindered and second-hand books. Big children's section, too. Terrific authors' speaking series, some so popular they need to move over to...More

Thank pamnicki
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